Jake Virtanen helps end the Maple Leafs’ winning streak in four games by taking two 3-1 wins for the Canucks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – – Jake Virtanen scored two goals and led the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in a two-game set on Thursday night

Bo Horvat scored for Vancouver too, creating a cushion with a goal in the middle of the third half

“It felt good to win. If you lose, it probably wouldn’t have felt so good,” said Virtanen of his goals. “It always feels a lot better when you win. When you win games, we have Fun If you lose, you have no fun and are kind of miserable. It was a big win for us tonight ”

Pierre Engvall scored after an assist by Ilya Mikheyev for the Maple Leafs

Thatcher Demko stopped 32 shots for Vancouver

It was a much needed win for the Canucks, penultimate in the North Division

“(Demkos) a great goalkeeper,” said Austons Matthews from Toronto. “He played really well tonight, he made some big saves for them. We had some quality opportunities there, especially in the end. He made it big, that’s why sometimes you just have to turn your hat ”

Michael Hutchinson made 24 saves for Toronto, stopping the winning streak in four games. The Leafs had beaten their opponents 15-2 on this route

The Maple Leafs have defeated the Edmonton Oilers in three games, including a 6-1 win on Wednesday

“There are some games where things go the way you want them to and today was one of those games where everything went to Vancouver,” said Leafs manager Sheldon Keefe

“They definitely played hard and deserved it. When you play like this, things usually get in your way”

Being the difficult end of a consecutive Thursday was no excuse for falling short, said Leafs defender Justin Holl

“I don’t think fatigue was the main factor,” he said. “We’ve played a lot of games lately, but that definitely wasn’t the reason I thought we just got out”

The Canucks played without star center Elias Pettersson, who left the skate on Thursday with an upper body injury and is considered commonplace

The teams will meet again on Saturday in Vancouver

Auston Matthews almost scored a second goal for the Leafs in less than two minutes, but Demko stretched across the net at the last second

The Canucks are struggling to take the lead this season, but against Toronto they seemed determined not to lose sight of the game

Vancouver started the third phase with aggression, controlling the puck and pounding Hutchinson with shots

Horvat made it past the Toronto goalkeeper after 7:56 minutes, collected a pass from defender Alex Edler and shot a shot from the upper diamond sign Horvat’s 10 Goal of the season gave Vancouver a 3-1 lead

In the middle of the second round, Toronto’s Justin Holl was tripped over, resulting in a major power game for the Canucks

Despite the man advantage, Demko was forced to score his most formidable save of the night when Alexander Kerfoot and Mikheyev got 2v1 behind

Kerfoot cut a pass to Mikheyev in front of the net at the last second, and Demko skilfully slid over the crease and stacked his pads to reach the stop

At the other end, Virtanen shot from a sharp angle between Hutchinson’s left shoulder and the crossbar, giving Vancouver a 2-1 lead

It was the 24-year-old winger’s second goal and his third goal of the season. He opened the scoring with 2:59 in the first

Virtanen was scrambling for Toronto’s zone, throwing a backhand shot into the net. Hutchinson seemed to get a piece of the puck before jumping over the goal line to give the Canucks the early lead

Engvall responded to the Leafs at 5:15 p.m. and sent a wrist shot from the depths of the slot over Demko’s shoulder to make the 1-1 draw

Match Notes Canucks defender Quinn Hughes made his 100th NHL game He has 79 points (10 goals, 69 assists) in his career… Marc Michaelis played his first NHL game The 25-year-old winger signed with Vancouver as a free agent in March 2020 after serving four years at Minnesota State University had played in Mankato

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Maple Leafs vs Canucks, Elias Pettersson

World News – CA – Maple Leafs vs Canucks – Game Review – 4 March 2021 – ESPN

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